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Olympic Update, Day #4: Stone Advances, Matheson Reaches Knockout Stage

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 07/31/2012
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Five Tigers compete during Day 4 of the Olympics.
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DAY 1: Hendershot, Loch, Matheson, Prendes, Stone
DAY 2: Lind, Morin, Prendes, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Wilkinson
DAY 3: Lawrence, Loch, Ochal, Scanlan
DAY 4: Matheson, Prendes, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Stone

Three Tigers looked to move on, while two eyed a major rematch, during Day 4 of the 2012 London Games.

The first Tiger to move forward was Gevvie Stone '07, who reached the single sculls semifinal by taking second in her quarterfinal this morning (7:39.67). Stone will now race in Lane 2 of the second semifinal (Sweden, U.S.A., China, Denmark, New Zealand, Azerbaijan) on Aug 2 at 4:30 am EDT; a top-three finish in that race will send Stone to the gold medal final on Aug. 4 at 4:30 am EDT.

Former lightweight national champion Robin Prendes was also looking for the gold medal final, but his U.S. lightweight men's four placed fifth in the morning semifinal in a time of 6:05.06. Great Britain, Switzerland and the Netherlands advanced in the semi, which sends the U.S. to the 'B' final Aug. 2 at 5 am EDT.

Diana Matheson '08 led Team Canada to a huge rally for a 2-2 tie against Sweden. Sweden led 2-0 early, but Canada scored one before halftime and another in the 84th minute to earn a spot in the knockout round. Canada will play its quarterfinal on Friday, Aug. 3 against Great Britain in Coventry, England at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Both Julia Reinprecht '14 and Katie Reinprecht '13 again contributed significant minutes in their second Olympic competition, as the duo was integral in Team U.S.A. earning a 1-0 victory over Argentina. The Americans went up in the first half and a gritty defensive effort preserved the U.S.'s first win in pool play. The victory marks Team U.S.A.'s first win over Argentina in the Olympics. The U.S. - Argentina rivalry over the past year has been substantial, as the Americans defeated the Argentinians, 4-2, in the 2011 Pan American Games to qualify for the London Games. The U.S. returns to action on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 5:45 a.m. EDT versus Australia. The game will be broadcasted on NBC Sports.

Three Tigers will be in competition Aug. 1, and each will be seeking gold.

At 6:50 a.m. EDT, Sara Hendershot '10 and teammate Sarah Zelenka will race in the gold medal final in the women's pairs. The former Tiger stroke will row in the second lane of the final (Romania, U.S.A., Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Germany).

Twenty minutes later, the men's eights finals will be held. Sam Loch '06, a member of the 2006 Eastern Sprints and Henley champions, will lead the Australian boat, led by longtime Princeton head coach Curtis Jordan, into the gold medal final. The Aussies took the last spot in the repechage, but they'll have the same shot as anybody at winning gold; Australia will take off in lane 6 (Netherlands, Great Britain, U.S.A., Germany, Canada, Australia).

Soren Thompson '05, a Roper Trophy winner, will make his Olympic debut in the men's epee competition (5 a.m. EDT). Thompson will take on Germany's Joerg Fiedler in the first round.

 

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